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An oddly distorted picture of Mao and his legacy. When Mao co-founded the Party in 1921, warlords roamed the countryside, Russia had taken Mongolia and a piece of Xinjiang, Japan had taken three northern provinces, Britain had taken Hong Kong and was importing illegal drugs, Portugal had taken Macau for illegal gambling, France had taken pieces of Shanghai, Germany had taken Tsingtao, the U.S. shared the others’ trading rights and the nation was drifting into civil war. By the time Mao took charge in 1949, the Chinese people’s rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness had been lost. Chinese life expectancy was 35 years, 80 percent could not write their own names, electricity was available in a few cities, millions of bandits roamed the countryside, drug addiction paralyzed entire towns, 13-year old girls were sold as concubines for $100 and U.S. Ambassador John Leighton Stuart, reported that, in 1946 alone, 10 million starved to death in just three provinces.

When Mao stepped down twenty years later–having served his entire tenure under a Western economic embargo–the invaders and warlords were gone, life expectancy was 67, the population had doubled, literacy was 84 percent, electricity reached even poor areas, the economy had grown 500 percent, drug addiction was eliminated, women were liberated and educated and basic human rights and China’s infrastructure were fully restored.

No postwar leader–indeed, probably no leader of any era–in world history has a comparable record of improving the lives of his people. Yet despite the fact that Mao is a hero to his people today, we know him as a ‘monster’ who ‘killed millions’ and whose own Party judges him as only two-thirds successful.


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Great Site. Excellent point of view.

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